Significant increased numbers of cattle at Swatragh Mart

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Cattle: Swatragh Mart had a significant increased number of good quality cattle for sale on Monday 13th March which met a flying trade with sellers both local and from as far as Kesh in Co Fermanagh and a good ring of buyers with some excellent prices.

More quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £1,280 for 628kg (£2.04 per kg), young heifers selling to £645 for 242kg (£2.67 per kg), bullocks selling to £1,270 for 618kg (£2.06 per kg), young bullocks selling to £770 for 312kg (£2.47 per kg) with fat cows selling to £1,150.

Heifers: Maghera producer 446kg, £895; 528kg, £1,120; 592kg, £1,100; 598kg, £1,220; Magherafelt producer 434kg, £985; 448kg, £835; Bellaghy producer 466kg, £950; 368kg, £725; Swatragh producer 486kg, £1,060; 470kg, £1,050; 434kg, £845; 550kg, £1,150; 520kg, £1,105; 440kg, £925; 410kg, £840; 520kg, £1,140; 570kg, £1,200; 580kg, £1,140; Magherafelt producer 242kg, £645; 206kg, £540; 258kg, £640; 234kg, £575; 220kg, £530; Toomebridge producer 628kg, £1,280; Maghera producer 480kg, £1,100; 470kg, £940; 534kg, £1,200; 472kg, £1,080; Maghera producer 386kg, £900; 426kg, £970; Garvagh producer 538kg, £1,025; 458kg, £820; 272kg, £510; 334kg, £630; 354kg, £745; Upperlands producer 396kg, £765; 290kg, £600; 334kg, £700; 336kg, £725; 302kg, £670; 340kg, £680; 292kg, £675; 234kg, £470; 278kg, £690; Swatragh producer 624kg, £1,100; Claudy Producer 458kg, £785; 424kg, £865; 300kg £590; 420kg, £865; 460kg, £850; 386kg, £770; Kesh producer 410kg, £825; 382kg, £720; 400kg, £800; 404kg, £720; 376kg, £795; 414kg, £745; 410kg, £860; Castledawson producer 482kg, £1,080; 502kg, £965; 526kg, £870; 502kg, £890.

Bullocks: Bellaghy producer 662kg, £1,240; 618kg, £1,270; 538kg, £1,120; 612kg, £1,245; Magherafelt producer 370kg, £630; Toomebridge producer 562kg, £1,135; 450kg, £1,020; 568kg, £1,130; 506kg, £1,150; 486kg, £900; 430kg, £955; Garvagh producer 430kg, £820; 408kg, £880; Portglenone producer 608kg, £1,160; 522kg, £1,150; 562kg, £1,170; 540kg, £1,100; Maghera producer 354kg, £835; Swatragh producer 450kg, £1,000; 504kg, £1,060; 426kg, £920; 430kg, £890; 440kg, £1,075; 312kg, £770; Maghera producer 516kg, £1,000; 614kg, £1,040; Swatragh producer 552kg, £870; 582kg, £845.

Sheep: Another excellent entry of over 1,000 quality sheep were presented at our weekly sheep sale at Swatragh on Saturday 11th March, witnessing a solid lamb trade with top prices being paid. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £90.00 each to a top rate of £93.50, middleweight lambs sold to £88.50 for 23.5kg and fat ewes were in high demand topping at £100. A top price of 441p per kg was paid for 10 lambs and breeders topped at £198 for doubles and many lots of singles reaching £150. A good show of lambs topped at £90.50 with spring lambs reaching £94. More stock required to meet the demand.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Cookstown producer 3 lambs 25.5kg at £93.50 = 367p; Maghera producer 20 lambs 24.5kg at £89.50 = 365p; Limavady producer 31 lambs 25.9kg at £90.75 = 350p; 3 lambs 26.3kg at £91.00 = 346p; Porstewart producer 21 lambs 26.8kg at £89.00 = 332p; Maghera producer 2 lambs 24kg at £85.00 = 354p; Portglenone producer 4 lambs 28.3kg at £90.50 = 320p; Kilrea producer 4 lambs 25.5kg at £89.50 = 351p; Swatragh producer 44 lambs 27.9kg at £90.00 = 323p; Maghera producer 2 lambs 25.5kg at £88.50 = 347p; Claudy producer 1 lamb 25kg at £94.00 = 376p; Bellaghy producer 2 lambs 29kg at £90.00 = 310p; Claudy producer 31 lambs 25.75kg at £90.75 = 352p; Garvagh producer 12 lambs 26kg at £90.00 = 346p.

Middleweight lambs: Rasharkin producer 4 lambs 23.5kg at £88.50 = 377p; Portglenone producer 14 lambs 22.3kg at £81.80 = 367p; Claudy producer 2 lambs 23kg at £84.00 = 365p; 6 lambs 23kg at £84.00 = 365p; Portglenone producer 3 lambs 23.3kg at £84.00 = 361p; Maghera producer 5 lambs 22.3kg at £83.20 = 373p; Garvagh producer 36 lambs at 22.8kg at £81.80 = 359p; Coleraine producer 3 lambs 22.3kg at £78.80 = 353p; Cookstown producer 3 lambs 20kg at £74.00 = 370p; Garvagh producer 9 lambs 20.8kg at £73.50= 353p; Maghera producer 11 lambs 23.7kg at £84.80 = 358p; Omagh producer 10 lambs 23.5kg at £83.00 = 353p; 5 lambs 23.0kg at £83.50 = 363p; Draperstown producer 3 lambs 23kg at £84.00 = 365p; Maghera producer 2 lambs 21.0kg at £81.00 = 386p; Moneymore producer 11 lambs 19.5kg at £74.00 = 379p; 10 lambs 19.3kg at £85.20 = 441p.

Store lambs: Garvagh producer 12 lambs 17.3kg at £67.00 = 387p; Garvagh producer 14 lambs 18.5kg at £74.50 = 402p; Magherafelt producer 2 lambs 16kg at £60.00 = 375p; Stewartstown Producer 4 Lambs 18kg at £69.00 = 383p; Draperstown producer 3 lambs 18.5kg at £65.00 = 351p; Dungiven producer 4 lambs 18.5kg at £65.00 = 361p.

Ewes: Maghera producer 1 Texel at £100.00.